Dancers' Career Development (DCD) has been supporting professional dance for over 40 years. We help dancers to make the often difficult transition from professional dancing to a new career by giving them the confidence and skills they need to keep working beyond dance.

DCD is the only organisation of its kind in the UK and is a world leader in dancer transition

Dancers' Career Development proudly presents:

Dancers' Career Development is thrilled to share with you the release of ‘A Dancer's Journey’ - a moving and powerful short film that follows the emotional arc of the feelings faced by dancers as they move towards and through the end of their performing career.

Featuring the beautiful Eve Mutso, DCD supported dancer and former Principal dancer with Scottish Ballet, and written and directed by the visionary Emma Flett, former dancer and film maker.

Find out more about the making of the film and film premiere here.

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Christopher Wheeldon OBE Announced as New DCD Patron

Photo: From left to right - DCD Chair Zoe Van Zwanenberg; Leanne Benjamin AM OBE; and Christopher Wheeldon OBE at DCD's Christmas event at Bentley & Skinner

We’re thrilled to announce Christopher Wheeldon OBE as a new DCD Patron.

“I’m proud to be Patron of such an extraordinary organisation. Dancers’ Career Development’s support for dance artists across the UK, including so many dancers I’ve worked with, is vital for our industry. I would encourage all dancers, no matter what genre or stage of career, to reach out to DCD to find the right direction forward after a professional career.” Christopher Wheeldon OBE

The exciting news was shared with guests at our glittering Christmas drinks event for DCD funders and supporters, held in the beautiful showroom of Bentley & Skinner of Mayfair, Fine Jewellers by Royal Appointment.

Special thanks to Sainsbury’s, Bentley & Skinner for their generous support for the event, and to all those who help make our work supporting dancers possible.

Bentley & Skinner have created an exclusive and generous seasonal offer especially for DCD supporters, offering a 10% discount on any purchase made until the New Year. Bentley & Skinner will then also make a matched donation of 10% of the sale value to DCD from every purchase.

This could be the perfect Christmas gift and every purchase made will directly support our work, supporting dancers in 2018 and beyond.

26 December 2017 - Boxing Day Listening

Tune into BBC Radio 4’s ‘Today Programme’ early on 26 December Boxing Day morning when DCD Partner Company English National Ballet’s Artistic Director Tamara Rojo is guest editor on the programme. Tamara will be discussing dancer transition and the programme will include interviews with DCD supported dancers! (or catch up on BBC iplayer if you’re sleeping off your Christmas sherry!)

Watch DCD’s Facebook Inspiration and Training Day Highlights Reel

Have a sneak peek at what happened when we brought over 60 professional dancers into Facebook’s London HQ, as part of DCD’s Career Insights Programme.

Watch it here!

Dancers were given first hand insights into HR recruiting for people changing careers, personal accounts of career transitions from professionals working in motorsports, opera and dance as well as practical tools and guidance on using social media in leveraging your next project.

Watch this space for next year’s programme!

EVOLVE West End - Snapshot

Here's a look at our latest EVOLVE workshop, held at the Prince of Wales Theatre in London's West End.

Photo credit: DCD supported dancer Becky Lee

Huge thanks to all who came along as well as to DCD supported dancers who shared their own stories of career transition, former Birmingham Royal Ballet dancer Kristen McGarrity, who is now performing in the hit West End musical An American in Paris; and former musical theatre dancer and now sound engineering student, Nick Searle.

Look out for details of our 2018 EVOLVE workshops!

'Reflections on Life After Dance'

Check out and share this latest Dancing Times blog featuring DCD!

Read it here.

'Career Transitions: The Power and Potential of Dancers'

DCD also appears in One Dance UK's latest edition of its 'One' Magazine', the Careers Issue, with a piece written by DCD Executive Director, Jennifer Curry.

Read it here:

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Top Tips from DCD’s Inspiration and Training Day at Facebook HQ

What happens when you take 60 dancers into Facebook’s London HQ for the day?

That’s what we found out at our Inspiration and Training Day, part of DCD’s Career Insights Programme.

We were given first hand insights into HR recruiting for people changing careers, personal accounts of career transitions from professionals working in motorsports, opera and dance as well as practical tools and guidance on using social media in leveraging your next project.

Top 3 tips from the day:

  • Be open minded and believe that you're more capable than you think you are

  • Highlight what makes you stand out from the crowd on your CV - your professional dance background is a real differentiator!

  • If you are passionate about a new opportunity just get a foot in the door and figure the rest out afterwards

Huge thanks go to all at Facebook who welcomed and looked after us so warmly, in particular to Charles Knoblich, Leonie Cassidy, Anna Bishop Rehrig, Karin Thyselius-Schumacher, Jason Mills, and Leigh Thomas.

#IamDCD Across the Country!

The past weeks have been a whirlwind of DCD events all over the country – connecting with our DCD supported dancers at our Alumni gatherings in London, Glasgow, Leeds and Birmingham.

These free events brought together dancers from all genres and at all stages of career transition, carving out fascinating new careers in a huge range of fields, from fashion design to medicine and opera to PR.

Thank you to all who came along – you’re such an inspiration to all of us here at DCD and to other dancers.

We can’t wait to bring our Alumni events back to each of these cities in 2018!

We’re having a makeover…

Exciting things are happening at the DCD Transition Centre – we’re having a makeover and will be launching a new website late summer…watch this space!

Help us reach our target!

DCD is raising funds to provide two Financial Retraining Grants, allowing professional independent dancers to expand upon their unique skills and strengths and gain additional experience and expertise in the career field of their choice.

No donations too small or large! Thank you so much to everyone who has already donated.

Spread the word using #DCDBoundless.

Click here to watch our appeal film and donate..

For more of DCD's latest news click here

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Plouviez House
19-20 Hatton Place
London EC1N 8RU

Tel: (0)20 7831 1449


Dancers’ Career Development, a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales (registered company number 10137622) and a registered charity (registered charity number 1168958). Registered office: Plouviez House, 19-20 Hatton Place, London EC1N 8RU

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